Workers’ Republic Screening a Success

Last night’s IWW-Occupy-sponsored screening of “Workers’ Republic” was well-attended, and we followed it up with a nice discussion of workplace organizing. For those who missed it, below is a full copy of the movie you can watch on-line, and you can read the latest development in the Republic workers’ story here:

Here’s a twelve-minute follow-up video:

Free Movie Night with Occupy Maine and the IWW on Friday, July 13

The Southern Maine IWW and Occupy Maine, Portland are presenting a FREE MOVIE NIGHT at 7 PM on Friday, July 13 at the Meg Perry Center, 644 Congress Street, in Portland. The movie is “Workers’ Republic” by Andrew Friend. Here is a printable promotional flyer for the event. Please contact us for more information.

“In December of 2008, laid-off Chicago factory workers occupied their vanishing workplace, Republic Windows & Doors, declaring they would not leave until the owners and creditors agreed to pay them the severance that they were owed. They held the factory for six days.

‘Workers’ Republic’ is an awe-inspiring film that captures the courage of ordinary people who take on considerable risks in a stand for their rights. Before the recent Occupy Wall Street movement grabbed the imagination of a nation fed-up with the crimes of the super-rich, the workers of Republic resurrected and harnessed a long-dormant authority that sets a bold standard and imparts a powerful compass for the triumph of everyday people.”

Southern Maine IWW and Occupy Maine, Portland to Present a Free Public Screening of Workers’ Republic

As part of our efforts to promote a class-struggle-oriented working class culture here in Maine, the Southern Maine IWW will be putting on a free, public screening of “Workers’ Republic.” “Workers’ Republic” is a documentary about factory workers in Chicago who took over the plant they worked in when the management tried to outsource their jobs. Here’s a trailer:

We are also very pleased to announce that Occupy Maine, Portland voted at their GA this evening to co-sponsor the screening and will be our partners in putting it together. Thank you, Occupy!

The screening’s time and place are TBA, but we expect it to be held in downtown Portland in mid-July. We’ll post the details here on the blog as soon as we know them, so please check back here regularly or subscribe to new posts by RSS or e-mail (in sidebar at right).

May 1st General Strike

The Southern Maine IWW has endorsed Occupy Maine’s call for a general strike on May 1st, International Workers’ Day, and representatives from our union will be present at the rallies at USM and on Congress Street.

For more information about the general strike in Maine, please visit:

Outside Maine, please visit: